St. Louis native remembers murdered sister at Tony Awards
Norbert Leo Butz, left, performs with the cast of "Catch Me If You Can" during the 65th annual Tony Awards in New York, Sunday, June 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams) By Jeff Christensen
Norbert Leo Butz, left, Sutton Foster and Mark Rylance appear backstage at the 65th Annual Tony Awards in New York, Sunday, June 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) By Charles Sykes
(KMOV)-- St. Louis viewers who watched the Tony Awards Sunday night may know that they saw one of their own take the major award, but not the story behind his acceptance speech.
Norbert Leo Butz attended Bishop DuBourg High School in south St. Louis and Webster University. Last night he won his second Tony, this one being for his role as lead actor in the musical “Catch Me if You Can.”
Butz is from a large St. Louis family, including his sister Teresa, who was murdered in July 2009 in Seattle. When Butz received his award Sunday, he thanked his father and remembered his sister.
“This is for my father, who I modeled this role after, and for my sister. We love you and think of you every day,” Butz said.
Teresa and her partner were both sexually assaulted and stabbed repeatedly by a man who broke into their apartment during the night.
The trial for Isaiah Kalebu, 25, began last week. Teresa’s partner survived the attack and gave a graphic testimony on the stand about the attacks. If Kalebu is found guilty, he faces life in prison without parole.
Just hours before Kalebu entered their apartment, Teresa and her partner were finalizing plans for a commitment ceremony they were supposed to have a couple months after the attack took place.